In re­lief to docs, panel junks ‘friv­o­lous’ plaint

Maha asks govt hos­pi­tals to stop use of Ran­i­ti­dine

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - Re­becca.Samervel @times­ Chai­tanya Desh­pande

Mum­bai: Pro­vid­ing re­lief to doc­tors, the na­tional con­sumer com­mis­sion re­cently dis­missed a med­i­cal neg­li­gence com­plaint against a doc­tor cou­ple and held that friv­o­lous com­plaints de­mor­alise doc­tors and de­ter them from fear­lessly pro­vid­ing ser­vices to so­ci­ety.

The com­mis­sion said com­plaints against doc­tors un­der the Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Act have been on the rise and many of them are friv­o­lous. “This Act is not meant to be a tool to ob­tain wrong gains or to cre­ate ‘nui­sance value’ for med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als,” a sin­gle mem­ber bench of Dr S MKan­tikar said.

In the com­plaint sub­mit­ted be­fore the Na­tional Con­sumer Dis­putes Re­dres­sal Com­mis­sion, pharma com­pany owner Bhushan Jain al­leged that in Jan­uary 2017, his wife suf­fered a heart at­tack and died. He al­leged that Dr Chan­dru KM had treated her for sore throat and fever, but did not alert them about a heart-re­lated con­di­tion. Chan­dru’s wife is a co-ac­cused. The com­mis­sion found that when taken to the doc­tor , the woman had only Ma­ha­rash­tra

state di­rec­torate of health ser­vices has is­sued a cir­cu­lar to all gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals to stop the use of acid­ity med­i­ca­tion drug Ran­i­ti­dine with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

Hos­pi­tals have been told to sep­a­rate the stock of the drug un­til next or­der. had re­ported that the Cen­tral Drugs Stan­dard Con­trol Or­gan­i­sa­tion has formed an ex­pert com­mit­tee for de­tailed ex­am­i­na­tion of this prod­uct, which con­tains low lev­els of ni­trosamine im­pu­rity, which is can­cer­ous. fever and sore throat. Call­ing the com­plaint seek­ing Rs 1.50 crore as com­pen­sa­tion vague, the com­mis­sion said it sig­ni­fied greed and the ill in­ten­tion to ha­rass the doc­tors.

“It is sur­pris­ing that the com­plainant was ag­grieved be­cause the doc­tor charged Rs 100 to ex­plain the post­mortem re­port. It was his pro­fes­sional fee and he has ev­ery right to de­mand it,” Kan­tikar said.

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